"I Can't Keep Quiet: Engaging Scholarly Research on Religion" was the title of my H. Paul Douglass Lecture, presented at the 2019 meetings of the Religious Research Association / Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in St. Louis. I am grateful for the invitation to step into the shoes of giants who have delivered … Continue reading “I Can’t Keep Quiet” (2019 H. Paul Douglass Lecture)
I was honored by the invitation to give the 19th annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture, presented by the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. It was great to be in a room full of attentive students, faculty, and community members asking insightful questions about the current and unfolding state of Catholicism … Continue reading Carriers of Catholicism: Agents of a Future Church (My Lecture @ Fairfield University)
The inundation of political news can take a toll on our personal well-being, according to a recent study by Kevin B. Smith, Matthew V. Hibbing, and John R. Hibbing. Thanks to WBIR-Knoxville for the chance to react and reflect on the sociological implications of this study: namely, that present discomfort can be the inspiration and … Continue reading Politics and personal well-being
I'm excited to share that the video I cowrote with Andrew Mark Henry of the Youtube channel Religion for Breakfast is now live! "Why are congregations so divided?" looks at the social dynamics behind divisions along race, class, and more in local religious communities. Andrew flew out to interview me and tour around congregations in … Continue reading Youtube debut on Religion for Breakfast!
Thanks to The Human Show podcast for the invitation to discuss sociological perspectives on social change as it interacts with technological change. While movement tactics have evolved since the mobilization of Catholics I wrote about in my first book, Faithful Revolution, the dynamics of people's pleas for reform reveal enduring patterns. Listen to the full … Continue reading On Technology, Twitter, Responsibility, Social Movements, & Social Change
My latest book is out!! I'm thrilled to share that the volume I coedited with Gary Adler and Brian Starks - born of The American Parish Project (TAPP) - is now available! American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism was just published by Fordham University Press as a part of their Catholic Press in North America Series. … Continue reading Announcing the release of American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism!
Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D., presenting at #ISSRBCN2019 It was a pleasure to join sociologists of religion from around the globe for the 2019 International Sociology of Religion (ISSR) Conference in Barcelona. I along with colleagues Wojciech Sadlon (Institute for Catholic Church Statistics, Poland), Roberta Ricucci (University of Turin, Italy), and Robert Dixon (Australian Catholic University) … Continue reading Presentation at the International Sociology of Religion Conference in Barcelona
Thanks to the McGrath Institute of the University of Notre Dame for the invitation to offer a keynote address unpacking what we know (and don't know) about Americans' views on life and human dignity topics. This was also an opportunity to preview what my team of researchers is learning from 200+ interviews with everyday Americans … Continue reading Keynote at the University of Notre Dame
The latest issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion features a review of my third book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church. Brett Hoover describes the book as "the work of a sociologist who knows Catholicism; the  vocabulary (explained for the non-specialist) is consistently accurate…Scholars … Continue reading Review of Parish and Place in JSSR
Thanks to host Dan Koch for the invitation to join his podcast, You have Permission! Our hour+ conversation was multi-fold, leading with questions about what it means to stay in a religious tradition while still raising critiques and suggestions for change. Things just keep unfolding from there! I enjoyed our banter and the opportunity to … Continue reading Podcast Appearance on You Have Permission